We herewith provide you with an update on the activities and initiatives that the SBN stakeholders, partners and the government are undertaking in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. The first update provides information about the extension communication strategy designed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also briefly highlighted on the effect of the pandemic (and the measures taken to fight against it) on agricultural development; efforts being made to minimize the negative impacts and activities that Benefit-SBN has carried out. It also pointed out the potential challenges of labour in the sesame sector. (Please find the link for first update in Amharic and Tigrigna languages hereunder)